National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole suddenly left the country early Wednesday morning to United states (US) after facing hours of interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Sunday and Monday.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State secured bail for Oshiomhole from DSS after he underwent nine hours of interrogation on Sunday and for several hours again on Monday.
The interrogation, was prompted by numerous petitions sent to DSS, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Presidency arising from APC’s primary elections, which led to bitter acrimony in several states with allegations of bribery and manipulation.
Most of the petitions, sources said, were from Imo, Ogun, Niger and Zamfara states. There were also petitions from Kaduna, Bauchi, Adamawa, Delta and Cross River states.
According to informed sources within the APC hierarchy, the road to the current implosion started when Oshiomhole marginalized the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), usurped its functions, relocated from the party’s national headquarters to his personal campaign secretariat at Asokoro and thereafter run the primaries with the cooperation of only four NWC members. The NWC members that cooperated closely with the chairman, Daily Trust learnt, are Deputy National Chairman (South) Niyi Adebayo, National Auditor George Moghalu and National Organizing Secretary Emma Ibediro.
According to Daily Trust, the chairman delayed the appointment of screening and primary election committees for the states and insisted on centralizing it at national headquarters contrary to the previous practice of screening legislative aspirants in their states and governorship aspirants in the zonal offices.
Afterwards, an informed source revealed that the chairman selected persons to serve in the committees without the input of other party executives, which gave rise to allegations that there was a predetermined agenda for many states.
Following Oshiomhole’s hasty departure yesterday, APC and Presidency officials were reportedly huddled in discussions about the chairman’s fate and the damage that recent events could do to the party, ahead of the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed to journalists yesterday in Abuja that Oshiomhole has travelled out of the country.
On the reported quizzing of the APC national chairman by the DSS, Issa-Onilu said “We do not have any information on this rumour. More so, the chairman is not around in the country to confirm or deny this. As soon as we have any relevant information, you’ll be updated.”
Asked when Oshiomhole travelled, he said “He travelled last night (Tuesday night)” but added that “I do not have this information [as to where he travelled to]. I do know it’s a scheduled personal trip he could not make last week due to the November 2 deadline for the submission of candidates.”